Cloud-based access control systems are an increasingly popular solution for managing access to physical spaces, such as buildings and rooms, using the latest cloud technology. These systems offer a range of benefits over traditional access control systems.
Benefits include increased flexibility, scalability, and convenience. LVC Companies designs, installs, monitors, and services cloud-based access control systems from partners like Avigilon Alta (formerly Openpath) and Salto, along with LenelS2’s new Elements cloud and video solution.
To help you understand this new technology and decide whether it’s a fit for your security needs, let’s explore the key features and advantages of cloud-based access control systems, as well as considerations for selecting and implementing such systems.
What is a Cloud-Based Access Control System?
Cloud-based access control systems are designed to manage access to physical spaces through cloud technology. Unlike traditional access control systems that use on-premise hardware and software, cloud-based systems rely on cloud-based servers and software to manage access. This means that the system can be accessed and managed from anywhere with an internet connection, providing increased flexibility and convenience.
Key Features of Cloud-Based Access Control Systems
Cloud-based access control systems offer a range of features that make them an attractive option for businesses and organizations. Some of the key features of these systems include:
Remote Management: Cloud-based systems allow for remote management of access control, allowing administrators to manage access from anywhere with an internet connection.
Scalability: Cloud-based systems can easily be scaled up or down as needed, making them a cost-effective option for businesses that are growing or changing.
Integration: Many cloud-based access control systems offer integrations with other software and systems, such as security cameras, building automation systems, and HR software.
Real-Time Monitoring: Cloud-based systems provide real-time monitoring of access control activity, allowing administrators to quickly identify and respond to potential security issues.
Mobile Access: Many cloud-based access control systems offer mobile access, allowing employees and visitors to access controlled spaces using their mobile devices.
Advantages of Cloud-Based Access Control Systems
Cloud-based access control systems offer a range of advantages over traditional access control systems, including:
Increased Flexibility: Cloud-based systems offer increased flexibility compared to on-premise systems, allowing administrators to manage access control from anywhere with an internet connection.
Lower Costs: Cloud-based systems typically have lower upfront costs and can be more cost-effective over the long term, especially for businesses that are growing or changing.
Enhanced Security: Cloud-based systems offer enhanced security features, such as real-time monitoring and remote access control, that can help to improve overall security.
Improved User Experience: Cloud-based systems can offer improved user experiences, such as mobile access and integrations with other software and systems.
Considerations for Selecting and Implementing Cloud-Based Access Control Systems
When selecting and implementing a cloud-based access control system, there are several considerations to keep in mind:
Compatibility: Ensure that the system is compatible with any existing hardware or software systems you have in place, such as security cameras or building automation systems.
Security: Ensure that the system offers strong security features, such as encryption and real-time monitoring, to protect against potential security threats.
Ease of Use: Choose a system that is user-friendly and easy to navigate for both administrators and users.
Integration: Consider whether the system offers integrations with other software and systems, such as HR software or security cameras.
Implementation: Ensure that the implementation process is well-planned and executed to minimize disruption to your business operations.
In conclusion, cloud-based access control systems offer a range of benefits over traditional access control systems. These include enhanced security (thanks to the ease of software updates and patches), increased flexibility, scalability, and convenience. When selecting and implementing such a system, it’s important to consider factors such as compatibility, security, ease of use, integration, and implementation. With the right system in place, businesses and organizations can enjoy enhanced security and improved user experiences, while also saving costs over the long term.
LVC provides access control services including design, installation, improvements, testing and service from our Minneapolis headquarters and regional offices in Arizona, Minnesota and Wisconsin. LVC also offers access control across the United States through our National Services Division.
We offer traditional and cloud-based solutions to fit every need and budget. Contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation today.